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NASA Prepares to Launch Comet-Buster

michael posted more than 8 years ago | from the where's-the-kaboom dept.

Space 207

Chessphoon writes "NASA's Deep Impact, a spacecraft named after the 1998 movie, is scheduled to launch on January 12. If all goes as planned, the spacecraft will collide with Comet Tempel 1 six months later on July 4, and create a crater so that the inside of the comet can be analyzed."

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first post! nt (-1, Offtopic)

vveak (588748) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239658)

nt

Re:first post! nt (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239751)

Should I eat it? [xxxcomfort.com]

first willis (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239663)

Sending Bruce Willis to do his duty!

Re:first willis (1)

cybertears (778765) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239872)

Bruce Willis was in Armageddon, not Deep Impact.

Is it just me... (4, Funny)

mstra (38238) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239665)

...or is this the kind of thing that, if it happened in a movie, would cause an apocolypse brought on by our own hubris?

Yes, I read TFA. I know that there is no danger. But those crazy scientists in the movies always think they are safe too.

Re:Is it just me... (4, Interesting)

fred911 (83970) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239682)

" I know that there is no danger"

That's because you don't live there. What if we're too stupid to recognize a type of life that does?

Re:Is it just me... (3, Funny)

mstra (38238) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239764)

Hey, if they're too stupid to have created movies to teach them to defend themselves against Bruce Willis, then they're better off being wiped out.

Re:Is it just me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239719)

even though there is NO danger, the (Hollywood) movies which have shaped my social conscience hold more sway than any form of rational thought.

it wasnt named AFTER the movie (3, Informative)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239832)

Can the editors get a clue, as said in other articles else where on the net, the name DEEP IMPACT was determined about the same time as the movie title was, but was 100% a coincedence and not chosen because of a movie.

Yes a small anal point, but jeez, you guys fail basic Journalism 101 class dudes.

Un-Funny Military Applications: China and NASA (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239844)

NASA should safeguard the technology for aiming a small projectile at another flying projectile. This technology is precisely what is used by the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI). If the Chinese gained access to this technology, via their Taiwanese spies at American national laboratories [phrusa.org] , then the USA would be in grave trouble.

Why? The Chinese would then be able to develop methods of defeating our proposed anti-missile shield that we are developing with Japan, Australia, Canada, and England.

Re:Un-Funny Military Applications: China and NASA (0, Offtopic)

Dasch (832632) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239984)

Dude, the cold war is over. My bet is that half of your computer hardware was manufactured in Taiwan.

You Americans are the only ones that believe we (the western, "democratic" nations) actually need that thing...

Re:Un-Funny Military Applications: China and NASA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11240002)

SDI Was not put in place to combat the cold war, SDI was recently developed and not in any related way to the cold war. So Dude, you easteren people must be the only people that somehow think america is invincible and an endless well of money.

Re:Is it just me... (1)

IO ERROR (128968) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239908)

Yes, I read TFA. I know that there is no danger. But those crazy scientists in the movies always think they are safe too.

This is real life. Real life is usually orders of magnitude less exciting than the movies. But if you're looking for a little danger, you can always walk around Harlem naked. It's a pretty sure bet that shortly after that, either you will impact something, or something will impact you.

Obligatory obscure movie quote (1)

EEBaum (520514) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239988)

"If it's done safely, therapeutically, there's no danger involved."

Cool Idea (1)

Aldirn (842942) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239666)

That's going to be interesting to see.

Re:Cool Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239965)

Hey, thanks for your meaningful contribution to the discussion.

What a waste of money (1)

albn (835144) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239667)

IMO, why waste money to see the content of a comet? There are so many better things to learn and explore in this great cosmos of ours.

I really think they will be sorely disappointed when they discover the comet is really some rock covered with ice.

Re:What a waste of money (1)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239688)

So many better things to study.. why go to the moon? It's a dead rock.

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239703)

Just for training and creating a waypoint before going to Titan, because THIS one is still a mystery like the hell. And of course for Hellium-3. Hellium-3=Profit!

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239874)

Hellium is the stuff of nightmares.

Also shouldn't that be....

1: Launch cometbuster-2: Collect Helium-3: Profit!

[Groan]

Re:What a waste of money (3, Insightful)

albn (835144) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239723)

Why did we go to the moon? It was a political "mine is bigger than yours" game. Also, we want to send miners up there to compensate for dwindling natural resources. How is that going to cost effective?

Re:What a waste of money (2, Insightful)

rpozz (249652) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239691)

Maybe the technology could be used to take a comet off-course when it's about to hit something we don't want it to (eg Earth)?

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239968)

They're going to launch a 370kg mass at it, to form a crater (and study it during/after).

Without knowing it's mass, etc. I can't be sure how much it'll affect it, but I doubt it would be too significant. My point is, while you could try greater masses, every kg counts when attempting a launch/manuevering in space (yeah you got it up, now try getting it to hit that moving rock over there). It quickly becomes impractical to use this kind of deflection method - if you're attempting a deflection, it's probably going to be against something heavy, or else why bother?.

There are possible methods though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_deflection [wikipedia.org]

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239975)

BTW That includes "building" the mass in space IMO.

Re:What a waste of money (4, Funny)

Free_Meson (706323) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239697)

IMO, why waste money to see the content of a comet? There are so many better things to learn and explore in this great cosmos of ours.

I bet there's a tootsie pop in the middle and we'll still be left pondering that eternal question: how many licks does it take to get to the middle of a tootsie pop?

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239997)

Aaha...then we can build a gaint licking rocket.

When a comet is on a collision... (2, Insightful)

rarose (36450) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239701)

course with earth and we have to figure out how to nudge it off course, the data this mission gathers will be invaluable.

The ass we save may be our own.

Re:What a waste of money (5, Interesting)

drakethegreat (832715) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239758)

I think you are thinking about it the wrong way. NASA doesn't like to spend more money to send crafts over 1000 times the distance or greater (where other comets might be) but rather would spend money on analyzing a comet right near by. It saves them money actually and because they have never seen the comet up close its possible that its something besides just a big rock. NASA is full of optimists who think that something amazing to learn could be anywhere in the cosmos so they will take the time to look at anything they can. Waste of time, I don't think so.

Re:What a waste of money (1)

Batte (845622) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239783)

So what if it turns out there are hidden WMDs in there?

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239983)

We've killed two birds with one stone. (j/k)

Re:What a waste of money (1)

jakuis (816654) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239811)

IMO, why waste money to see the content of a comet? There are so many better things to learn and explore in this great cosmos of ours.

I think research like this can some day save our asses. Should one of those big ones be headed straight at us, the more info we have about it in advance, the better.

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239836)

You could use that money to better society, education, health care and stamp out hunger. The farther one look into the stars the less they will see their own people.

Re:What a waste of money (4, Insightful)

Mr2cents (323101) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239897)

I have a better idea: why don't you divert money meant for the military to that worthy cause and stop whining about some millions spent on a space probe? Billions and billions are spent each day developing and building weapons. Incidentally, most misery on earth is caused by war (eg, famines are often caused by long wars causing farmers to stop cultivating the land).

You could also split it 50/50 between humanitary aid and space programs, you could still solve most if not all diseases and famine, while launching a mission like the two mars rovers EVERY DAY!

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239942)

Exploring space... ...is a waste...

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11240022)

Yeah, but then the enviromental lobby would complain about littering. :-)

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239976)

Excellent idea! We should ALL suffer because of those who choose not to support themselves. Of course, I mean MORE than we already do.

Re:What a waste of money (1)

jericho4.0 (565125) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239841)

You think maybe they expect to find out it's a gigantic tamale covered in sour cream?

_Any_ data about the interior of a comet would be informative, and will incfluence theories about the formation of the solar sytem.

you must be a jock (4, Insightful)

cheekyboy (598084) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239842)

Because if all comets are NOT ice, but just normal asteroids that generate massive plasma/electric charges, then that changes *ALL* theories on how the earth/solar system was evolved, and that throws out other derived theories, and then it makes more new ones, which would lead to more discoveries and finally allowing you to get your anti-gravity device to get to the moon. OK.

Re:What a waste of money (1)

Lotana (842533) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239911)

why waste money to see the content of a comet? Well, we need to get those giant ice cubes to battle global warming from somewhere!

Re:What a waste of money (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239991)

Comet exploration is very important. If our civilization ever moves into mining the our solar systems, comets could be an important source of volatiles such as hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon. The first two could be used to make rocket fuel in-situ. All combined a comet may have the resources to keep a good space colony well supplied in much needed resources.

Additionally, this type of research will give us a good view of the materials that make up the Oort cloud, thus helping us to understand how our solar system developed.

Price is right? (0)

Everguide (759963) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239674)

And how much did it cost this time? NASA really should be run more like a corporation instead of a Government organization. They spend 300 million on what a company could build with 30 million. www.gameguidesonline.com

Re:Price is right? (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239715)

What does gameguidesonline have to do with NASA?

Re:Price is right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239849)

d00d, didn't you ever play Sid Meyer's NASA back in the day? I could always advance a few ages, but them damn ruskies caught up to me eventually EVERY TIME!

Re:Price is right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239856)

That's his sig.

Re:Price is right? (1)

WhatAmIDoingHere (742870) | more than 8 years ago | (#11240036)

Is it? Why was it on the same line as the body of his post?

If it's his sig, he should either use the built in sig option under "Preferences" or at least put it a line down.

Re:Price is right? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239867)

Why do people still insist that there is a difference between "BIG BUSINESS" and the "government" that we currently have in this and many other countries?

Are we not being currently run like a company, wasn't that touted when we elected (selected if you like) the first "CEO" president/Harvard Business school graduate? Do you ACTUALLY think that the "government" is building and running these programs? Those government workers are actually getting the bloated paychecks? It's BIG BUSINESS! And, the last time I checked, the two largest government run agencies or programs made a profit last year - the good ole' U.S. Post Office (THEY want to privatize it, darn, if it could only lose money for a while) and Social Security, which never missed a payment, has enough money to maintain solvency to 2052 (and then would still be able to meet obligations up to 80% of it's current payments) and has been the most successful GOVERNMENT program in history (ask all the presidents from LBJ to Baby Bush who have "borrowed" and left IOUs and continued to borrow from the system). Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know the argument is that it is a part of the general fund, therefore the money can be use for any purpose. But tell me this, how can we use the money for the General Fund when it's there, yet not help out the program FROM the general Fund when it needs it? Why does it then have to stand alone as a self-funding program?) To continue, both these programs are genuinely for the greater good of society. And both are being targeted for privatization. Along with all the overgrown, hazardous trees that are causing all the fire hazards in our National Parks. Yes, BIG BUSINESS would run it better. And before you go point to the example of the Millau bridge in France being built with "private" funds and for only an estimated 394m euros ($524 U.S.), instead of the billions that that the erstwhile Bay Bridge is costing in San Francisco. Remember your fables: "The devil WILL get is due!" The company(s) that built the bridge have a contract for 75 years to collect fees. How many times will this private corporation raise fees? What happens when it can't meet its obligation to repair the bridge, because their calculated fees aren't high enough or the public balks at paying them? Will the "government" then simply close the bridge? No, they will come in and "bail" out this private "BIG BUSINESS" to keep the bridge safe and operating. Instead of letting this private sector enterprise simply fail. Just ask the "private, BIG BUSINESS" airlines in the U.S.

Sorry for the rant, but of course business is a part of the success of the U.S. and the world, not the end-all and be-all. It has always been thought of as a partnership. That is why the founders of this "democracy" put such constraints on commerce; they saw the dangers as well as the reward. Unfortunately, BIG BUSINESS as risen to such heights, that more than likely, it will choke on it's own greed and take the rest of us with it.

Regards, A small business owner!

Stop the Violence (5, Funny)

knapper_tech (813569) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239681)

What if the comets retaliate by impacting Earth?

Re:Stop the Violence (3, Funny)

Roland Piquepaille (780675) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239734)

Then Earth will form the Coalition of the Willing, composed of the United States, Tonga, Estonia, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Samoa (and Poland, you forgot Poland!) and will send interplanetary missiles on Venus, because Venus provided support to the cometian terrorists...

Re:Stop the Violence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239985)

Actually, Poland is pulling out.

Re:Stop the Violence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239994)

FYI [urbandictionary.com] .

Re:Stop the Violence (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239773)

are you a member of the Film Actors Guild?

Do your homework... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239684)

The NASA project was *not* named after the movie. Read http://www.cnn.com/2005/TECH/space/01/01/comet.bus ter.ap/index.html
for the real story.

Re:Do your homework... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239784)

The NASA project was *not* named after the movie... It was named after a p0rn fantasy.

Re:Do your homework... (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239805)

the link doesn't really say anything to one way or another about it.

and really... would you believe that ASIMO isn't named after asimov just because some pr folkster said so?

Re:Do your homework... (1)

Ian Jefferies (605678) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239884)

I'd like to see the PR try it for ASIMO 5.

Gosh, NASA scientists watch movies too (0)

xant (99438) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239860)

First paragraph:
The spacecraft is called Deep Impact just like the 1998 movie about a comet headed straight for Earth.
Nothing else in the article says how it was named. Don't be silly, of course it was named after the movie. You think somebody at NASA right now is going, "Gosh, what a coincidence! Who knew Hollywood made a movie of the same name about flying out to a space rock."

Re:Gosh, NASA scientists watch movies too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239887)

From about halfway through the article:
No matter what, fans of the 1998 disaster film can rest easy. (Coincidentally, the movie and spacecraft people hit on the same name independent of each another, at about the same time.)

More information.... (2, Informative)

NOT-2-QUICK (114909) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239686)

From a previous slashdot article [slashdot.org] .

NOT named after the movie (0, Redundant)

GabrielF (636907) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239690)

The mission is NOT named after the movie, the project manager claims that they came up with the name independently at around the same time. However, members of the team also served as consultants on the movie.

Nothing to see here. Please move along. (0, Redundant)

SilentChris (452960) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239693)

Oh dear god! They smashed the spaceship into Slashdot!

The aliens have got a little list (4, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239694)

And in six months, they've going to come and look for all of you! [nasa.gov]
Deep Impact's larger flyby spacecraft will carry a smaller impactor spacecraft to Tempel 1 for release into the comet's path for a planned collision. The flyby spacecraft will take pictures as the 370-kilogram (816 pound) copper-tipped impactor plunges into Tempel 1 at about 37,000 kilometers (22,990 miles) per hour. The impactor is expected to make a spectacular, football field-sized crater, seven to 15 stories deep, in the speeding comet. Carried aboard the impactor will be a standard mini-CD containing the names of comet, space and other enthusiasts from around the world.
Hopefully they won't be too pissed off. Maybe just an alien wedgie or something?

Re:The aliens have got a little list (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239748)

What? No AOL (Aliens On Line) CD?

Re:The aliens have got a little list (1)

MikeyToo (527303) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239808)

No, they put a CD with a lot of people's names on it. Maybe I wasn't so bright adding my daughter's name to the list. The cometites might get pissed and blame it on her.

Re:The aliens have got a little list (2, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239892)

All my family have signed up for this, and as its launch grows nearer its getting exciting.
This may be the only way I can get into space, so jumped at the chance when offered last year.

Its also good for my son, who can show all his class the certificate hes got for signing up.

Re:The aliens have got a little list (1)

Segfault666 (662554) | more than 8 years ago | (#11240103)

'my name was on a cd that smashed into a comet'
that's a phenomenal life accomplishment.

lets now strive for ...
'oh my god, leonardo di caprio looked at me'
'i've gone one whole year without wearing matching socks' ...

I'm placing my bets now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239695)

Twenty bucks says by some freak accident of nature, the commet ends up hitting Earth.

Re:I'm placing my bets now... (1)

rpozz (249652) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239709)

$1,000,000 says it doesn't.

1998 movie...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239699)

Deep Impact.

Was Tara Reid in that?

If she was... (1)

rarose (36450) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239712)

it'd take a bigger impact for her to feel it.

[thunk] [thunk] [thunk] Any nerves not insulated by silicone?

Re:1998 movie...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239724)

Téa Leoni. Much less stupid. Of course, it would have been better still with Natalie Portman.

Re:1998 movie...? (1)

Jediman1138 (680354) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239749)

it would have been better still with Natalie Portman...covered in hot grits, of course

Re:1998 movie...? (1)

Daverd (641119) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239830)

I read that as Natalie Portman...covered in hot girls, of course.

I was about to mod it -1, Redundant.

Corpsicle (2, Funny)

vveak (588748) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239710)

I created the Event Horizon to reach the stars, but she's gone much, much farther than that. She tore a whole in our universe, a gateway to another dimension, a dimension of pure chaos, pure evil

Microbes at the scene: (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239727)

Uh-oh, better call Maaco! [maaco.com]

Given their track record (5, Funny)

fuzzy12345 (745891) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239743)

NASA should have considered planning this mission to be a near-flyby. Given their record of hitting what they aim to miss and missing what they aim to hit...

Re:Given their track record (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239895)

-1 Troll

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Redundant)

mealtime_warrior (785122) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239787)

...asteroids hit you! oh, wait a minute...

Tunguska? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239822)

that was a big one :)

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239875)

Ok that Family Guy joke has gone a little too far.

Re:In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239918)

Family Guy joke? You must be new here.

Maybe.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239793)

They should get the ESA to oversee/launch this mission. They seem to have no problem impacting their spacecraft.

smile

payload revealed (2, Funny)

deft (253558) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239799)

Wheras the pioneer spacecraft carried media of human genome, voices, sounds, animals, how the world workewd, this mission needed to crater a giant comet.

Therefore, the media stored on board consists of Gigli, Ishtar, Hudson hawk, Battlefield Earth, and The Adventures of Pluto Nash.

Re:payload revealed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239957)

Dude, the mission is just to make a big hole, not utterly destroy it!

And if it misses what will it eventually hit? (1)

hh1000 (303370) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239839)

What a great gesture of intergallactic diplomacy.

We send out a spacecraft with a plaque theorizing someone could intercept it. Do we think hurling a bomb is any less likely to be found by an alien civilization?

Beagle 2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239854)

Create a crater? Is this what the British were trying to do with Beagle 2? It all makes sense now...

Eww (1)

Easy2RememberNick (179395) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239900)

"NASA's Deep Impact, a spacecraft named after the 1998 movie"

...and next year the "Preparation H" will probe an asteroid. It will be the first spacecraft in history entirely covered in latex.

Hi Mr. Comet (0, Offtopic)

StarWreck (695075) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239902)

[satelite]Hi Mr. Comet! How are you today?

[comet] Fine... who are you?

[satelite]*points* Look! Its the good-year blimp!

[Comet] Huh?! Where?

[satelite]*BOOM*!!!

Oh, great... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239904)

Now I have that lame ghostbusters song in my head.

If only linux was there... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239922)

That piece of shit OS would crash itself into the comet.

Will they never learn...? (4, Funny)

tygerstripes (832644) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239934)

Carried aboard the impactor will be a standard mini-CD containing the names of comet, space and other enthusiasts from around the world.
Now look, we all remember hearing back in the '80s how you could run a truck over a CD, cover it in jam and use it as a teething-ring and still get it to play, but it's just not true!!!

Send an I-pod instead. That might survive. If it doesn't get stolen en-route.

The deep impact movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239936)

That movie sucked. I hope that isn't an indicator on how the mission will go.

Crew Suggestions - Michael Jackson & Fritz Hol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239944)

Michael Jackson (who can pay his own way) Chuck Norris, Rush Limbaugh J-Low, and that guy with the high pitched voice.

Re:Crew Suggestions - Michael Jackson & Fritz (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#11239961)

Chris Tucker?

Biological loading (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239963)

I wonder if they will send it up squeakey clean biologically or if they will let it fly full of microbes so that we can have a chance at seeding another planet with our wonderfully fruity DNA.

Well... (1)

lxt (724570) | more than 8 years ago | (#11240007)

I'm going to assume you meant by the comet crashing into a planet, and isn't it a creditable belief that some of the material responsible for life on earth was brought by comets? Perhaps a alien civilisation's equivalent of this probe was the basis for the entire of life on Earth? :)

On a slightly more serious note, all NASA space gear is assembled in a clean room, and they do almost everything they can to prevent microbes from contaminating equipment.

From my super smart and beautiful girlfriend dept (5, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239974)

She thinks that the NASA is just hiding the fact that the comet is about to hit us and is dangerous so they decided to blow it up but masked the attempt as a scientific experiment.

(and before you, smartasses, ask me, yes, she is a girl :)

Re:From my super smart and beautiful girlfriend de (0, Offtopic)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239995)

by the way, she is rubbing her breasts against myself right now, and it feels good, and at the same time she is licking my ear and at the same time she is coming up with this cool shit and .... I am going....

Re:From my super smart and beautiful girlfriend de (1)

vigilology (664683) | more than 8 years ago | (#11240052)

Modded as funny, but it could equally be insightful.

Because they can? (1, Insightful)

Gorffy (763399) | more than 8 years ago | (#11239986)

So, blow up a chunk of what we expect to be ice and rock... just to confirm that it is, indeed. Ice and rock. Maybe it's magic space rock! i think this project might just be:
a.) a geologists wet dream
b.) a way for nasa to prove it can do something right, and get more money. (1.) Shoot missle at comet. 2.)?? 3.) Government Funding!)

The Titan project (forget the name) is far better.

And Twenty Minutes Later... (2, Funny)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 8 years ago | (#11240081)

the nanotech civilization living on the comet wipes Earth off the Solar System...

With luck, they'll be more precise about it and just wipe out the US government.

Well, we can hope...

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